Altun: “Turkey’s findings are in line with the conclusions of Ms. Callamard”

Presidency’s Communications Director Prof. Fahrettin Altun’s Remarks to Reuters about the United Nations-led Inquiry into the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi:

We welcome a recent visit to Turkey by Agnes Callamard, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, and applaud her determination to shed light on the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkey’s findings are in line with the conclusions that Ms. Callamard has shared with the press. We reaffirm our commitment to cooperate with the special investigation to the best of our ability.

In truth, the facts of the case speak for themselves:

A group of Saudi officials murdered Mr. Khashoggi in cold blood inside the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The killers promptly chopped his body into small pieces with a special piece of equipment. The journalist’s clothes were still warm when a body double put them on and left the building.

This premeditated, barbaric act was a crime against humanity and a betrayal of the ideals of the free world and the international order.

Over the past four months, the Saudi authorities have been less than forthcoming in their dealings with their Turkish counterparts and the international community. A series of false denials gave way to a reluctant admission of guilt, yet we still do not know where Mr. Khashoggi’s remains are, who ordered the hit on the Washington Post columnist, and whether or not there was a local collaborator that got rid of the victim’s body.

Nor do we know which suspects have been charged or walked free or whether Mr. Khashoggi’s killers have ever been behind bars or appeared before a court. The complete lack of transparency around the case is deeply concerning and detrimental to the credibility of relevant Saudi officials.

We will continue to demand justice for Jamal Khashoggi. Impunity causes further pain to the victim’s family and loved ones. The Saudi authorities must extradite Mr. Khashoggi’s killers to Turkey, where they committed a premeditated murder, as proof of their willingness to serve the cause of justice.

The world is watching. Turkey, along with all nations that believe in democracy and freedom, seeks justice and the truth.